Australian visual artist and musician Mick Turner is best known as guitarist with instrumental combo the Dirty Three. His art is recognisable from Dirty Three and from his own solo releases album covers. Exhibiting his art publicly since 2002 in Australia, USA, Italy, UK and most recently in Ireland as part of Kilkenny Arts Festival as well as in Dublin at the Joinery.
His figurative art is colourful, dreamlike, and often humorous and moving, drawing influence from Australian landscape fauna and flora, Australian figurative painters such as Charles Blackman, Albert Tucker, and Sidney Nolan, , iconic medieval religious painting and along with a love of the naive art of restaurant murals and home made junk art found in country fetes and thrift stores.
This exhibition of recent oil paintings includes portraits, nudes, angels, beasts, and ocean vistas is accompanied by a multimedia installation ‘Rail song’.
‘Rail song’ is an piece combining video, animation, painting and music. Consisting of five screens in the same space, each showing a short film with its own soundtrack set to loop. Each film has its own voice and its own length which lets rail song to only repeat once every 1500+ years. The separate voices (instruments) combine in a beautiful jagged stumbling harmony however they fall. The result is a constantly changing intriguing song beast that moves visually and audibly! Not to be missed.